So, you’ve written your book and can’t wait to send it to a publisher or a literary agent.
Wait just one minute.
Has the book been properly edited by a professional book editor?
It has? Good.
However, before you begin writing a query letter, or prepare a manuscript submission to a publishing house, ensure your book has been given a thorough proofread to capture any spelling and grammar mistakes and typographical errors.
Would you like some help in finding book proofreading services?
Continue reading to learn about 19 top book proofreaders spread across Australia, USA, the UK and Canada.
1. Liz Kemp
Liz Kemp is an Australian-based book editor and proofreader with many years of experience under her belt. If you’ve written your manuscript, you’ll know just how difficult it can be to spot typos after working on it for so long. Enter, Liz, who can effectively and efficiently clean up your manuscript and have it ready to go for submission to a literary agent or publishing company. She will proofread for sense, style and the intended reader. While her rates aren’t specifically mentioned on her website, she recommends getting in contact with her to discuss project quotes. Liz is more than happy to negotiate and answer any questions that you may have.
Are you an author of romance in need of a skilled proofreader? Michelle Josette may be the one to help you! Michelle is the managing book editor and founder of Fiction Edit based out of the US. She has a degree in Communications with a minor in English from the University of Central Florida. Fiction Edit specializes in offering editing services to the romance genre. Michelle offers proofreading services beginning at a rate of $2.50 per 1000 words. She has worked on books like “Simply Scandalous” by Jacqueline Winters and “A Covert Affair” by Kennedy L. Mitchell. If you’re interested in working with Michelle, you can get in touch through the Fiction Edit’s online contact form.
3. Laurie Eby
Laurie Eby is the founder and editor of the US-based Silver Moon Editing. She offers two different proofreading packages. The first is her prepublication proofread, which compares the final draft of your manuscript to a version that has been reproduced for publication. She will make sure that everything is accurate and that there are no errors on the copy you will be submitting. The starting rate for this package is $0.01 to $0.02 per word, depending on manuscript size.
Laurie’s second proofreading package is a proofread and polish, which effectively takes your manuscript (not specifically ready for submission to a publisher) and checks for any typos, spelling errors, sentence fragments and so on. The rate for this proofreading package is estimated to be between $0.015 to $0.025 per word, against depending on the size of your work. If you’re interested in working with Laurie and her team at Silver Moon Editing, you can use her website’s online contact form or reach her via email.
4. Claire Kelly
Claire Kelly is a professional freelance editor, proofreader, and typesetter based out of Melbourne, Australia. She used to work as a book editor for Thames & Hudson, was the editorial intern for Affirm Press, as well as the editorial intern for Eduworks Resources. With an Associates Degree in Professional Writing and Editing, Claire is perfectly capable of helping your manuscript shine against the competition. If you’re interested in Claire’s proofreading services, you can contact her via email or through her LinkedIn page to discuss project rates.
Kristin Andrews is the founder and editor of Kite String Editing. Based out of the US, Kristin loves to work with novel-length fiction, short stories, memoirs, nonfiction business, self-help books, academic writing, resumes, and college admissions essays. Her proofreading services will double check your manuscript and make sure that it is error free for publications. Her proofreading rates begin at $0.008 per word. If you’re interested in working with Kristin, you can reach her through her website’s online contact form.
6. Marty Shaw
Marty Shaw is an independent freelance editor who founded the Picky Cat Proofreading and Copyediting company in 2017. He currently lives in Texas and loves to work on fiction novels, novellas, and short stories. Marty has provided his services to authors like Deja Voss, author of “Highest Sins,” and Marie Robinson, author of “Stone and Fire.”
His proofreading services begin at a rate of $0.005 per word with a minimum of $50 per project. He will double check your manuscript for misspelled words, incorrect word usage and phrases, errors in punctuation and grammatical errors. If you’re interested in working with Marty, you can reach him through his website’s online contact form or via email. Just be sure to mention that you’re interested in his proofreading services and a rough expectation of turnaround times.
7. Nikki Busch
With over thirty years of book editing experience, Nikki Busch is a freelance book editor and proofreader. With a BA in English from Rutgers University, Nikki is capable of proofreading a wide variety of genres, including fantasy, young adult, paranormal, dystopian, horror, romance, and more. Her proofreading services begin at a rate of $0.0085 per word, but she notes that she will only proofread your manuscript if it has been copyedited first. She will check for typos, incorrect word usage, minor grammar issues, and style issues. If you’re interested in working with Nikki, you can use her website’s online contact form to get in touch, or send her an email.
Stephanie Stone is a Canadian freelance editor and proofreader based out of Kingston, Ontario. She specializes in proofreading nonfiction materials, including academic texts, books about government, and business topics. She began her career as a freelance editor in 2001 and is an official member of Editors Canada. If you’re interested in working with Stephanie, you can contact her either by phone or email.
Laura Cappello Bromling is the editor and founder of the Canadian company Elusive Beast Editing. She is an official and certified member of the Editor’s Association of Canada as both a copyeditor and proofreader. While she does offer several editing services, her proofreading services come with quality and experience. She will ensure that your documents are typo-free and free of any inconsistencies. She prefers to work on nonfiction works. Rates do vary depending on the length of your project, so it’s best to contact Laura for a no-obligation project quote via email.
10. Etty Payne
Etty Payne has over thirty years of experience as a freelance editor. Based out of the UK, she is the founder of Elegant Words, an editing company. She’s worked with clients like Ashgate, Taylor & Francis, Quarto, and Kaplan International. As an official member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, Etty provides an excellent proofreading service that is sure to help polish up your manuscript for submission. In order to receive a quote for your project, you can contact Etty via phone, email, or her website’s online contact form.
11. Charlotte Norman
Charlotte Norman is another official member of the UK Society for Editors and Proofreaders. She is a book editor who specializes in proofreading, editing, and copywriting. She has been a freelancer since 2011 and has several years of experience as an in-house editor with companies like Penguin Group, David & Charles, and Sutton Publishing. She loves to work on a wide variety of projects, including young adult fiction, literary fiction, general fiction, crime, children’s fiction, and nonfiction about topics like travel and fashion. If you’re interested in working with Charlotte, you can contact her via email in order to receive a project quote.
12. Dianne Battersby
Dianne Battersby has over 14 years of experience in the world of editing. She is the founder and managing editor of Editing Eye, a UK-based editing service. She’s worked with writers like Tim Bowdler, and Simon Wigmore. Her proofreading services ensure that there aren’t any errors or inconsistencies in your writing. She’s happy to proofread the first 1000 words of your work to see if your styles are compatible. The best way to reach her for a free sample or a project quote is via email or through her website’s online contact form.
13. Amanda Slinger
Amanda Slinger is another freelance editor and proofreader based out of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. She has been a freelancer since 2016, and has previous experience as the copyedit at companies like The Sheaf and a technical writer and editor at Ag Growth International (AGI). Amanda can not only proofread your manuscript, but also assist you in formatting your manuscript for final submission. If you’re interested in working with Amanda, you can contact her via her LinkedIn page in order to receive a quote. She’d be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have.
Cheri Lynn Reeves is the editor and founder of The Persnickety Word Nerd. Based out of Northern California, Cheri has an extensive amount of experience helping authors spruce up their manuscripts before submission. Her proofreading services begin at a rate of $25 per hour. She has an excellent eye for detail and will help correct any errors that she runs into, including issues with grammar, spelling, punctuation, and typesetting. If you’re interested in working with Cheri, the best way to contact her is through her website’s online contact form (found at the very bottom).
15. Jennifer Gioia
Jennifer Gioia is the editor and founder of the US-based JG Fairy Tale Services. She has over five years of experience as an editor and proofreader and has worked with authors like Joey Lai, author of “The F.O.B.” and H.J. Peterson, author of “Prosper (War Shadows).” Her proofreading services will ensure that you manuscript is error free in terms of spelling, punctuation and grammar. Her starting rate begins at $15 per 2000 words. If you’re interested in working with Jennifer, you can contact her through her website’s online contact form. Just be sure to indicate which of her editing services that you’re most interested in and she should get back to you shortly.
Scott Alexander Jones is an American book editor and proofreader with a great deal of experience working on science fiction, fantasy, and horror manuscripts. With an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana and a BA in English from the University of Texas, Scott is also a fellow author who has a keen proofreading eye. He will carefully go through your manuscript and correct any typos, missing words, grammatical errors, check for punctuation and spelling. His rate if $2 per 250-word page. If you’re interested in working with Scott, you can contact him either by email or through his website’s online contact form.
17. Zetta Brown
Zetta Brown is an American author, small publisher, and professional editor and proofreader. She holds a BA in English from the Southern Methodist University of Dallas, Texas, so you can be sure that your manuscript is in good and keen hands. She offers several editing services, including proofreading.
She will go through your manuscript and correct any typos, spelling errors, address any format or layout inconsistencies, as well as any punctuation style inconsistencies that she may come cross. She likes to work on novels over 100,000 words and can proofread a variety of genres including mystery, thriller, erotica, romance, historical, nonfiction, and literary fiction. To receive a quote for her proofreading services, you can contact Zetta via email.
18. Kat Betts
Kat Betts is a freelance book editor and founder of Element Editing Services, an Australian-based editing company. She specializes in working on fantasy and science-fiction manuscripts, but still loves to branch out and work on manuscripts of speculative fiction. She has a diploma and degree in Professional Writing and Editing, so you know that your project will be in good and capable hands. Her proofreading service will check for formatting, design, layout, and typography starting at a rate of $30 AUD per 1000 words. You can get in contact with Kat either via email or through her website’s online contact form.
19. AJ Collins
AJ Collins is another Australian-based editor and proofreader. As the founder of the AJC Publishing, Writing & Editing Services, AJ is an Accredited Editor with the Institute of Professional Editors. She likes to work on projects of fiction, creative nonfiction, academic works, and even offers author mentoring services. Her proofreading services will comb through your manuscript and correct any grammatical mistakes, issues with punctuation, and spelling mistakes. In order to receive a free quote for her proofreading services, you can contact AJ through her website’s online contact form or via email.
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K. Z. Kwan is a freelance writer based out of Halifax, Canada.